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Executive Team

Ross McMillan

Ross McMillan

President & CEO
Ross McMillan

Ross McMillan

President & CEO

Ross McMillan was appointed President of Tides Canada in 2007. He provides overall strategic direction for Tides Canada and identifies opportunities to bring philanthropy, civil society, business, and government together in pursuit of positive social change. He has worked with Tides Canada since 2002, leading projects and building relationships with the nonprofit community and consortiums of donors and international philanthropic foundations.

Ross was a principal architect of the Great Bear Rainforest project, one of the most significant conservation programs in North American history. He has worked extensively on diverse social policy matters including housing, urban social change, and aboriginal issues. With nearly 30 years in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors, Ross has extensive experience managing organizations and coalitions to achieve success in complex circumstances.

Anne Marie Johnston

Anne Marie Johnston

Chief Operating Officer
Anne Marie Johnston

Anne Marie Johnston

Chief Operating Officer

Anne Marie Johnston joined Tides Canada in August 2014 and leads organizational operations, including oversight of finance, information systems, human resources, impact assessment, and communications and marketing. She brings extensive strategic and operational experience to the position.

Before joining Tides Canada, Anne Marie served as Managing Director, Development and Alumni Engagement Services at the University of British Columbia, one of Canada’s leading universities and the first in Canada to undertake a $1.5-billion fundraising campaign. Known for her leadership in operational and cultural transformation, Anne Marie’s career has taken her across the country, spearheading large-scale operational projects for Vancity Savings and Credit Union and Royal Bank of Canada.

Anne Marie holds a BA in Applied Geography from Ryerson University and an MBA from Queen’s University. She enjoys spending her free time sharing the love of the outdoors with her family.

Elissa Beckett

Elissa Beckett

Vice President, Development and Strategic Initiatives
Elissa Beckett

Elissa Beckett

Vice President, Development and Strategic Initiatives

Elissa Beckett is a professional fundraiser and businesswoman whose diverse experience has helped hone her core expertise: acting as an entrepreneur in all she does. It is this unique approach to fundraising that Elissa has brought to her role since joining Tides Canada in July 2014. Previously, she led the fundraising teams for WWF-Canada and the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research. She is also the co-founder of Canada’s first Benefit Corporation, FlipGive, a web-based, grassroots fundraising tool that connects people who care to innovative new ways to raise funds.

Elissa holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business and applies her business acumen and fundraising experience in her position on the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Toronto Chapter). As a thought leader on innovative trends in the nonprofit sector, Elissa developed and teaches “Entrepreneurial Fundraising” at Ryerson University.

Staff Team

Allison Andrachuk

Allison Andrachuk

Director, Shared Platform
Allison Andrachuk

Allison Andrachuk

Director, Shared Platform

Allison Andrachuk oversees operations and planning of Tides Canada’s shared platform. Prior to this role, she provided project management and administrative support to Tides Canada projects based in Western and Northern Canada. Allison joined Tides Canada following many years in leadership roles in the cultural sector where she developed community outreach programs, projects to increase organizational capacity, and funding initiatives. She has significant training and experience in financial and organizational management and a strong background in the management of non-profit organizations. Through her employment, self-employment, and volunteer activities, Allison has developed across-the-board operational skills and is deeply engaged in using these skills to strengthen the charitable sector.

Leanne Burton

Leanne Burton

Director of Development
Leanne Burton

Leanne Burton

Director of Development

Leanne Burton has enjoyed more than 10 years of work in strategic partnerships, brand licensing, marketing, sponsorship, and philanthropy. She focuses on building multi-player partnerships that yield shared value for the collective.

Leanne feels honored to call the charitable sector my place of work. Daily, she has the opportunity to be challenged, to evolve, and to be inspired.

Christopher Chan

Christopher Chan

Senior Donations and Revenue Coordinator
Christopher Chan

Christopher Chan

Senior Donations and Revenue Coordinator

Christopher Chan ensures efficient donation processing and record keeping to support Tides Canada’s donor and client acquisition, stewardship, and retention efforts. He has over five years of experience in managing donations and donor relations with an understanding of data integrity, fundraising reports, and best practices related to the acquisition and capture of information into donor database. Chris holds a BA in Geography, Environmental Specialty, from Simon Fraser University. He enjoys travelling and being in nature.

Sarah Chee

Sarah Chee

Interim Manager, Communications and Marketing
Sarah Chee

Sarah Chee

Interim Manager, Communications and Marketing

Sarah Chee provides oversight for web and digital communications to effectively tell Tides Canada’s story. Her role encompasses everything from liaising with shared platform projects and partners to launching campaigns on Facebook and Twitter to managing websites and brand.

Sarah joined Tides Canada by way of Vancouver Foundation, where she oversaw social media, web strategy, and communications for grants and community initiatives. She holds her BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University and has diverse experience working in the tech, government, retail, and academic sectors. When not working, Sarah enjoys photography, social media, and travel.

Wendy Cooper

Wendy Cooper

Program Lead, Ontario and National Watersheds
Wendy Cooper

Wendy Cooper

Program Lead, Ontario and National Watersheds

Based in Toronto, Wendy Cooper manages relationships with donors and partners to build bridges, support unique places, and tackle pressing issues, with a special focus on freshwater nationally and place-based work in Ontario. She has been an active member of the environmental community for more than 15 years, working for a government agency and charitable organizations at a national and community scale, as well as a consultant and a volunteer. Her focus has been on land and water stewardship with a keen and growing interest in the intersections between healthy environments, people, and communities. Wendy also led the Georgian Bay Land Trust, a grassroots charity focused on engaging communities in conservation along the eastern shore of Georgian Bay and North Channel, for eight years as their first Executive Director.

Natalie Cushing

Natalie Cushing

Project Specialist
Natalie Cushing

Natalie Cushing

Project Specialist

Natalie Cushing joined the Tides Canada team in August 2013 and provides operational and administrative support to initiatives on the shared platform based in Western and Northern Canada. She has been part of the nonprofit sector for over a decade in volunteer, employee, contractor, and board member roles. Throughout her time in the sector, she has focused on the value of governance, administration, and planning in shaping nonprofits that effectively and efficiently realize their missions.

Prior to joining Tides Canada, Natalie led business development and grant management at a nonprofit promoting residential energy efficiency. Prior to relocating to Vancouver, she was also a long time supporter of the Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre, culminating in three years on the Board of Directors. Natalie was a core volunteer with a bog restoration project of the Stanley Park Ecological Society.

Stephen Ellis

Stephen Ellis

Program Lead, Northern Canada
Stephen Ellis

Stephen Ellis

Program Lead, Northern Canada

Stephen Ellis is the Program Lead, Northern Canada, at Tides Canada. Based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Stephen works with Northern communities and partners to empower northerners, build capacity, and advance solutions to integrated social, cultural, environmental, and economic challenges in the North.

After completing a Masters in Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo, Stephen and his wife Tracey commenced life together and started a family in Lutsel K’e, a Dene community on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake. During this time he worked primarily with indigenous communities, but also with governments and industry, to tackle tough land and resource challenges.

Stephen is a member of the Environmental Monitoring Advisory Board for the Diavik Diamond Mine and a Director for the Dechinta Institute for Research and Learning. He previously chaired the Akaitcho Screening Board and was a long-standing Director of the Denesoline Corporation and a member of the NWT Protected Areas Strategy Steering Committee. He enjoys being outside in all seasons and spending time with his three boys.

Catherine Emrick

Catherine Emrick

Senior Associate, Aquaculture Innovation
Catherine Emrick

Catherine Emrick

Senior Associate, Aquaculture Innovation

Catherine Emrick is the Senior Associate of Aquaculture Innovation at Tides Canada. Previously, through the SOS Marine Conservation Foundation, Catherine helped to develop business-oriented solutions to the negative impacts of open net finfish aquaculture and a strategy to build a sustainable aquaculture industry in BC. In her role at Tides Canada, she focuses on advancing aquaculture solutions that protect wild salmon and the marine environment. Catherine works in close collaboration with industry members, research institutions, environmental organizations, First Nations, and regulators to explore and advance the adoption of closed containment aquaculture systems as a means to foster the environmental protection of wild salmon while providing for economic development, particularly in BC’s coastal communities.

Catherine holds a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Business Administration from the University of Calgary, and is a Fellow and Life member of the Certified General Accountant’s Association. Her experience includes practicing environmental, regulatory, and administrative law in Alberta and the Canada’s North. In honour of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CGA designation, Catherine was chosen by CGA Canada as one of the 100 CGAs who have made an outstanding contribution to their communities and the lives of others. She is a currently a member of Board of CPA Canada, formed to unify the Canadian accounting profession.

Kim Hardy

Kim Hardy

Program Lead,
Western Canada
Kim Hardy

Kim Hardy

Program Lead,
Western Canada

Kim Hardy works with funders and grantees to find strategic philanthropic “uncommon solutions for the common good” with special focus on Canada’s West Coast and Northern geographies. She has worked extensively with First Nations, development corporations and rural communities on community-based economic development projects in BC and the Yukon. Kim completed her MBA in Community Economic Development at Cape Breton University after studying psychology at the University of Victoria and completing the Community Economic Development certificate at Simon Fraser University. She has been an active member of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network, participating on the BC/Yukon Council and is currently contributing to Genuine Progress Pacific as a Board Member.

Sara Hsiao

Sara Hsiao

Program Associate
Sara Hsiao

Sara Hsiao

Program Associate

Sara Hsiao joined Tides Canada in August 2014. She supports strategic and grantmaking programs across Northern Canada, Manitoba, and Ontario. Sara also helps lead organizational and programmatic evaluation.

Previously, Sara spent five years with the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, where she developed, implemented, and evaluated education, research, and community-based conservation programs. She played important and diverse roles in the organization’s two largest conservation and community well-being programs in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Before that, Sara interned with the Environment and Energy section of the former Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Washington, DC.

Sara has a BSc and a Master’s of Research, and has been published in Oryx—The International Journal of Conservation. Based in Toronto, Sara spends time getting outside, learning, and engaging in community-led solutions to issues close to her heart.

Sandra Inutiq

Sandra Inutiq

Senior Associate, Inuit Nunangat
Sandra Inutiq

Sandra Inutiq

Senior Associate, Inuit Nunangat

Sandra Inutiq leads and expands Tides Canada’s northern programs. She develops grantee, strategic partner, and funder relationships in Inuit Nunangat. Sandra lived in various places in Nunavut—including Kangiqtualuk, Clyde River, and Iqaluit—throughout her childhood and youth. After graduating high school, she attended Nunavut Sivuniksavut, an Ottawa-based college program that focuses on Inuit history and land claim agreement. Sandra returned to Iqaluit to take on a paralegal training position with the Department of Justice Canada, then worked in a young offenders facility as a youth officer. She then entered and completed the Sivuliuqtiksat Management training program with the Government of Nunavut (GN) as a policy analyst. Sandra received her law degree from Akitsiraq Law School in 2005, and in 2006, she became the first Inuk woman in Nunavut to pass the bar exam. She worked as legal counsel for the GN for over two years, and then for the Office of the Languages Commissioner as Director of Policy. Most recently, Sandra served as the Official Languages Commissioner for Nunavut.

Todd Jaques

Todd Jaques

Director, Strategic Initiatives
Todd Jaques

Todd Jaques

Director, Strategic Initiatives

Todd Jaques collaborates with projects and partners to build uncommon solutions for the common good, including growing and cultivating the Tides Canada project community, building impact investing partnerships, and innovating the shared platform model. Prior to joining Tides Canada, Todd was the Director of Operations and Agriculture Partnerships at the Ontario Association of Food Banks, where he was responsible for creating new programs to increase food banks’ participation in sustainable food systems.

Danielle Johnston

Danielle Johnston

Project Specialist
Danielle Johnston

Danielle Johnston

Project Specialist

Danielle Johnston joined Tides Canada in January 2017 and provides operational support to initiatives on the shared platform. Before joining Tides Canada, she worked at a policy firm where she managed business operations and executed public consultations on a range of issues. In 2013, she completed a Coady International Institute Fellowship in Zambia, where she assisted with a national consultation on enshrining women’s rights in the constitution. While in Zambia, she saw the challenges small charities face, and this sparked her interest in new approaches to helping organizations achieve their missions more effectively.

Though based in Toronto, Danielle was raised in BC, and she shows her roots through her love of the outdoors and yoga. She is a Canada World Youth alumni and remains active with the organization as a former Board member and current member of the President’s Advisory Council.

Melissa Leite

Melissa Leite

Senior Development Coordinator
Melissa Leite

Melissa Leite

Senior Development Coordinator

Based in Toronto, Melissa Leite joined Tides Canada in September 2011. As a member of the Development team, she manages and executes Tides Canada’s planned giving and direct giving programs and provides client support to Tides Canada fund holders. She also provides informational support to the organization and identifies potential organizations and individuals that share Tides Canada’s values.

Prior to joining Tides Canada, Melissa worked in retail banking at TD Canada Trust, providing customer service and financial support. Melissa holds an honours degree in Public Policy and Administration from York University and a post graduate certificate in Public Policy and Administration from Humber College. Melissa is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (Canada). In her spare time she enjoys reading, crafts, being outdoors, trying new recipes, and being an eco-conscious citizen.

Chris Little

Chris Little

Director, Finance
Chris Little

Chris Little

Director, Finance

Chris Little joined Tides Canada in October 2015 and provides operational and strategic leadership for the finance department, including oversight of the accounting, financial, reporting and budgeting processes and organizational risk management strategy.

Before joining Tides Canada, Chris served as Project Manager for a large finance system implementation at Vancity Savings and Credit Union. Chris is also a co-founder of the charitable project Reconciliation Canada and held numerous roles there including Director, Operations and Partnerships and Director, New Way Forward Development.

Chris is a CPA, CA and holds a BSc in Physiotherapy from the University of Toronto. She enjoys spending her free time on the North Shore mountains with her family and two dogs.

Chelsea Morka

Chelsea Morka

Project Specialist
Chelsea Morka

Chelsea Morka

Project Specialist

Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol

Finance Specialist
Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol

Finance Specialist

Ryan Nicol is a Finance Specialist for Tides Canada. He is one of a two-part team that is responsible for ensuring the overall financial health of projects on the shared platform. He liaises with project specialists, coordinators, and directors along with funders and vendors to provide various accounting services through the Tides Canada Finance team. Ryan has 12 years experience in business and accounting and six years experience in full-cycle fund reporting. His main work experience has been in the real-estate management and hospitality industries. He has a commerce degree from the University of Victoria with a specialization in entrepreneurship and a Hospitality Diploma from Vancouver Community College. Ryan is currently working towards his CPA. He is a year-round cyclist, a hobby musician, an avid gardener, and loves hiking and being outdoors.

Julie Price

Julie Price

Program Lead, Manitoba
Julie Price

Julie Price

Program Lead, Manitoba

Julie Price leads a strategic grantmaking program called the Northern Manitoba Food, Culture & Community Fund. This fund is a collaboration between 10 organizations and its purpose is to support local projects that increase access to healthy food, improve community health, and drive community economic development.

Julie was born and raised in Manitoba, where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture followed by a Masters in Natural Resource Management. Prior to joining Tides Canada, she worked in large-scale animal agriculture and then spent a decade with Heifer Canada, working with communities in Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Manitoba to improve local food systems and reduce hunger and poverty. As an active member of her community, Julie has supported and facilitated the development of local organizations including the Farmers’ Markets Association of Manitoba, Harvest Moon Local Food initiative, Fort Whyte Farms, and Manitoba Farm Mentorship. She is a founding board member of Food Matters Manitoba, a provincial food security organization.

Julie has a strong belief in the wisdom of communities. Her development philosophy is to listen, learn, and adapt to local needs.

Allison Roberts

Allison Roberts

Senior Project Coordinator
Allison Roberts

Allison Roberts

Senior Project Coordinator

Allison Roberts joined Tides Canada in April 2014. Working closely with the shared platform team, she provides day-to-day support to projects in Ontario (and a few in BC), coordinates proposal and report submissions, and manages project data. Prior to joining Tides Canada, Allie provided research and program support for a number of Toronto-based nonprofits, including Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, EcoSpark, and the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. Her graduate studies and career have focused on the importance of community engagement in environmental and social issues. Allie has a Master of Environmental Studies degree from Queen’s University and a BA in Environmental Studies (with an emphasis in environmental policy and law) from Trent University.

Orit Sarfaty

Orit Sarfaty

Director, Strategic Programs
Orit Sarfaty

Orit Sarfaty

Director, Strategic Programs

Orit Sarfaty serves as the Director of Strategic Programs. She oversees the Strategic Programs team and focuses on operations, fundraising, and program assessment and development.

Orit has a wide and impressive breadth of experience that span across the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Following an undergrad in Sociology (focus on Social Policy) at Harvard, she earned a Master’s in urban planning from the University of Washington (focused on smart growth, environmental justice, and market-based sustainability incentives). Her career includes grantmaking promoting environmental justice; new business, fund, and partnership development; financial analysis; project management; and extensive people management.

Orit is a natural leader, coming most recently from a position as the Executive Director of NIF Canadian Charitable Trust, a grantmaking organization focused on community-focused initiatives in environmental, economic, and social justice among newcomer and Indigenous populations. Prior to that, she worked at the Lord Cultural Resources where she led the strategy for the City of Chicago cultural plan, amongst other accomplishments.

Ivan Thompson

Ivan Thompson

Senior Advisor
Ivan Thompson

Ivan Thompson

Senior Advisor

Ivan Thompson is Senior Advisor with a primary focus on Canada’s Pacific wild salmon watersheds. Ivan returned to Tides Canada in 2017 after working for a decade as Program Officer for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Wild Salmon Ecosystem Initiative. In his role at Tides Canada, he continues to work with the Moore Foundation and a range of philanthropic, academic, community, and NGO partners to sustain and extend improvements to wild salmon management frameworks and watershed governance mechanisms. This includes an emphasis on the protection of high quality freshwater habitat, improvements in the selectivity of fisheries, and innovations in salmon aquaculture.

In the early 2000s, Ivan headed up the Northern Rivers Initiative at the Sage Centre (now the Tides Canada Shared Platform) and, as ForestEthics’ Community and Economic Advisor, worked with the Rainforest Solutions Project to protect the Great Bear Rainforest. Previously he had an extensive professional career in education and counselling with Outward Bound schools, alternative programs and adult education settings, culminating in the role of Dean of Education at Northwest Community College in northern British Columbia.

Ivan holds a BA in Psychology from McMaster University, a BEd in Experiential Education from Queens University, an MEd in Counselling from University of Victoria, and a post-graduate certification in Applied Economics from the University of London.

Angie Vickaryous

Angie Vickaryous

HR Manager
Angie Vickaryous

Angie Vickaryous

HR Manager

Based in Vancouver, Angie Vickaryous has been responsible for the HR function at Tides Canada since 2009. She has 15 years of experience providing HR leadership and support in the nonprofit, high technology, and manufacturing sectors. Angie has worked with organizations to build their HR function from the ground up; she now helps Tides Canada to design, improve, administer, and promote best practices in all areas of HR such as drafting and administering HR policies and procedures, performance management, health and safety, compensation and benefits, employee engagement, and recruitment and retention.

As a mom to two school-aged children, Angie is honoured to support our employees and volunteers across Canada who are working to make our planet, and the communities on it, sustainable and enjoyable for generations to come. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the recently founded Green Teams of Canada.

Shayla Walker

Shayla Walker

Program Associate
Shayla Walker

Shayla Walker

Program Associate

Based in Vancouver, Shayla Walker is a Program Associate on the Strategic Grantmaking team working closely with our Western Canada Program Lead, Kim Hardy. Shayla supports the implementation of granting portfolios for multiple funders, grantees, regions, and strategies in western and northern Canada, and issues regarding Pacific Coast people and place, freshwater, indigenous resource stewardship, and food security. Shayla is involved in programmatic evaluation for our work in the Taku and BC Coast in addition to leading an internal systems design, implementation and management of the Strategic Grantmaking portal.

Prior to this role, Shayla provided executive assistant support to the Vice President of the Strategic Grantmaking team, and worked in the role of Donations and Programs Administrator on our Development team. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at UBC with a focus in Sociology, where she developed a deep awareness and concern about the impact humans have on the natural world. Shayla has a strong sense of environmental stewardship and when she is not running or walking the Seawall, she can be found working in the community participating in and organizing local beach and park clean ups.